The first round of the 2020 Challenge Cup will see 44 teams battle for a spot in the second round of the competition.
37 English amateur clubs, the Scottish, Welsh & Irish champions, three Armed Forces teams and the British Police team hope to progress further into the competition with Championship and League One teams joining in March at round four and Super League opposition from the fifth round.
Our coverage begins today as Skirlaugh welcome Hunslet Parkside in the first round of the competition.
Hoping to make the most of home advantage are Skirlaugh, whose old boys include Danny Washbrook and Jamie Shaul – themselves Challenge Cup winners with Hull FC – and Steve McNamara, who coached Catalans Dragons to Wembley success in 2018. The east Yorkshire club, who play in the National Conference League Division 1, failed to progress further than the first round last year, losing to Dewsbury Moor.
Their opponents, Hunslet Parkside, have enjoyed recent success in league competition winning four consecutive National Conference League titles between 2015 and 2018. The Leeds-based side enjoyed a successful cup run in 2018, before succumbing to League 1 Workington Town in the third-round. Hunslet is the junior club of Great Britain internationals Garry Schofield and Sam Burgess.